Speaking May 8, having just overseen armed forces exercises simulating the response to thermonuclear attack, exercises which included a thermonuclear counterstrike, and on the eve of the anniversary of their victory over Nazism, the presidents of the Collective Security Treaty Oranization (CSTO) states were unusually frank about the dangers of Hitler-like genocide and thermonuclear war, and their preparations. Especially so compared with the leaders of the doomed trans- Atlantic sector, who obey the British taboo against mentioning the reality of the catastrophe, even as they knowingly steer right into it. The CSTO comprises Armenia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan.
A review of some of what they said also makes it graphically clear how London is deliberately taunting Russia into war by means of openly Nazi atrocities,—although Putin is not buying it.
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin opened the meeting by saying inclusively, “There are still many threats and challenges in the world today. As you may know, in Europe, militant nationalism is raising its head here and there—the one that once led to the appearance of the Nazi ideology. I will not dwell on each of the hotspots separately—we all know where the danger is. Incidentally, the situation in our neighboring brotherly Ukraine is an example of the disaster and loss such an irresponsible policy can bring about. Hundreds of thousands of people have lost the possibility of living in peace and prosperity.”
Tajikstan’s President Emomali Rahmon responded, “We are deeply concerned about the developments in this post-Soviet state [Ukraine]. This course of events is familiar. At an early stage of its independent statehood in the early 1990s, Tajikistan went through internal political confrontation and an armed conflict, which led to the most devastating social, economic and humanitarian consequences for the country. These events in our nation’s tragic recent history—the severe civil war in Tajikistan that took the lives of over 157,000 people and caused almost $10 billion worth of damage—remind us how fragile our world is, and that we need strong political will and a great effort to consolidate society and achieve mutual accord and peace in the country.”
Armenian President Serzh Sargisyan said that the CSTO countries must closely coordinate their foreign policy actions, beginning with what concerns Ukraine:
“Armenia has clearly stated that we believe holding a referendum in Crimea is yet another example of implementing the right of the people to self-determination by free will. At the same time, we are extremely concerned by the increase in violence in Ukraine, including with regard to the events in Odessa, Slavyansk, Kramatorsk, and other regions. This situation can not but worry us, in part because there are more than half a million Armenians living there. We deeply regret to note that these events have led to the loss of life. We strongly feel that the crisis must be resolved exclusively by peaceful means, through a broad dialogue, first and foremost within society itself, and through talks on the basis of the UN Charter and international law, on the basis of agreements reached in Geneva on April 17 of this year.
“I expect that in this informal setting today, Mr Putin, you will brief us on your views of how the situation in Ukraine might develop. An analysis of the situation shows that ignoring fundamental principles of international law… and the repression of peoples’ rights to self-determination can lead to catastrophic consequences.”
Alexander Lukashenka, the president of Belarus, Ukraine’s neighbor, was the most vivid, repeatedly using the expression “God forbid” that it should come to general war:
“I also think, Mr Putin, since we are CSTO members, it means that in this respect, the Russian Federation’s zone of responsibility includes our nations too. So Russia’s military potential—God forbid of course—is the protection of our national interests as well. Therein lies our responsibility within the CSTO zone—solidarity with the Russian Federation and joint actions during military exercise. I want to stress again that we must be together if, God forbid, we need to face such a situation in real life.
“A lot has been said about it; positions have been expressed, but again, time changes our approaches considerably, our approaches and those of our states. Indeed, events have occurred recently in Ukraine that do not allow us to calmly stand back and watch what is happening there, especially the events in Odessa. This just leads us to bad parallels. I am already seeing those parallels on TV screens. We remember Khatyn, when several hundreds Belarusian villages were burned down by fascists following that very principle. So, such actions are unacceptable in any nation, and it would be especially unacceptable if we watch what is happening calmly. This concerns Russia and Belarus first and foremost. Let me stress again, we cannot watch this calmly, because our people are there, and naturally, they are crying for help; they want a response to such things. In other words, the situation is developing very quickly.”
Wikipedia describes the Khatyn massacre as follows. “On March 22, 1943, the entire population of the village was massacred by the 118th Schutzmannschaft Nazi battalion. The battalion was formed in July 1942 in Kiev and was made up mostly of Ukrainian nationalists from Western Ukraine and collaborators, Soviet army prisoners-of-war/deserters and the Dirlewanger Waffen-SS special battalion.”
Lukashenka continued, “The situation unfolding around us speaks to the fact that we had made the right decision in creating the Collective Security Treaty Organisation. Today, neither Belarus nor Tajikistan nor Kyrgyzstan or Armenia, not to mention Russia, can live calmly, assuming that all this is far away, somewhere else. It speaks to the fact that we made the right decision at the time. And the fact that we have gathered here today on the eve of the Great Victory, this is symbolic. Let everyone know it—it’s symbolic. And God forbid something happens, we must be ready to stand back-to-back, as people in the military say, and defend our sovereignty and independence.
“I do not want to make any assessments here. Mr Putin, you must know that we will stand with you, shoulder to shoulder. And I am not saying this because we have media present here—we simply have no other choice. We have no other choice but to stand together. If we stand alone, we will suffer the same fate as Ukraine.”
Kyrgyzstan President Almazbek Atambayev emphasized the danger of world thermonuclear war as such.
“We watched the military exercises today and it was certainly an impressive sight. At the same time, I want to make an appeal. Mr Putin, Russia is a great country and we saw this with our own eyes today, but we also know that if, God forbid, a third world war breaks out, there will be no victors, and so I make this appeal for the leaders of the great powers to be highly responsible in what they do.”